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LA Galaxy Hope to Sign Omar Gonzalez to New Designated Player Deal

With the towering All-Star centre-back is out of contract at the end of this season, the Galaxy look to make him their third DP.

LA Galaxy are looking to re-sign defender Omar Gonzalez to a Designated Player contract by the end of this week.

MLSSoccer.com claims that Galaxy head coach Bruce Arena hopes to have the deal done as soon as possible, with the Galaxy’s official website proclaiming they will unveil their third Designated Player on Thursday.

Gonzalez’s contract will expire at the end of this season, and the Galaxy are understandably keen to retain their All-Star centre-back.

Speaking on re-signing in LA, Gonzalez said: “We’ve been talking back and forth, and the talks are continually going,”

“I think we’ve done some great things together here at the Galaxy, and right now my focus is on getting a third championship, a third consecutive championship, and that’s where my focus is.”

Gonzalez has been a huge component of the Galaxy’s recent success. At only 24 years of age Gonzalez has already accumulated 117 appearances with the Galaxy, helping them to win two MLS Cups and two Supporters’ Shields.

Selected third overall in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft, Gonzalez became an immediate hit in LA. Named Rookie of the Year in 2009, he has twice been selected to the MLS Best XI, declared Defender of the Year in 2011, won MLS Cup 2012 MVP and has appeared in multiple MLS All-Star games. With that sort of record, Gonzalez is obviously a priority retention for the Galaxy.

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